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When To Start Looking

An appointment with us can be made at any time during your search. In order for us to provide the most accurate pricing and availability of information, 4-6 weeks in advance is ideal. In some instances, we have even helped people move within just a few days!

What To Bring When Meeting With Apartment Solutions

We are a FREE service designed to simplify the process of finding the right rental property. Our role is to ask questions and work with you to find the most suitable locations for you to visit – ones that will meet your needs as closely as possible. It is not required for you to bring anything with you to an appointment. However, if you are unsure of any information, you may choose to bring documentation that will assist you.

What To Bring When Viewing Apartments

Many communities require identification to view their apartments for security reasons. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID, preferably a driver’s license, state ID or passport. We will provide you with multiple listings, so it’s a good idea to bring a camera & notebook along with you on your visits. It may also be helpful to have measurements of any furniture you’ll be taking with you, so you know if it will fit in your new apartment. Some communities, such as The Palmer in Inverness – for those interested – offer video tours of apartments. This may be something you take advantage of so that you can take a first look at the apartment, but it is advised to go and see it in person before committing to anything.

Application Fees/Deposit

  • Average application fee (credit check): $30-80, non-refundable
  • Some charge an administrative fee to process paperwork: $100 – $300, non-refundable
  • Security deposits vary. This is security to the landlord, in case of damage to the apartment. Refundable at the end of the lease, minus any deductions for repairs / restoration. Some communities charge up to two months’ deposit;others don’t charge any. The average security deposit runs about $500

Income Requirements

Generally, rental properties ask that your gross monthly income (pre-tax) be approximately three times the market rent of the unit desired. Income should be verified by presenting paystubs for up to two months prior. Some locations may be able to research your income by calling your employer.


Though it is not required, it is a good idea to review your credit report prior to visiting rental properties. For those that aren’t from the local area, checking out your international credit report will be important so you can transfer your credit into something for our local area. Since you will need to provide information for the property to run your credit, it is helpful if you know of any possible complications that may be listed on your report ahead of time. Improving the result of your report is something that you’ll be able to do once you equip yourself with knowledge of how to increase credit score effectively and quickly. If you have credit problems it’s still very likely we can help you! Our agents have a long track record of getting people with adverse credit into nice rentals and we can probably help you too! You shouldn’t have to settle for something inferior due to bad credit, contact one of our agents to get started. While we may not be able to help if you owe money to a previous landlord we can usually accommodate most adverse credit situations in case something comes up on an insolvency search. Call today so we can determine how we can best help you! The federal government ensures that all citizens may retrieve one credit report from each of the three reporting agencies (Equifax, Trans Union, and Experian) once per year. Follow the link below in order to get yours today for FREE!

Be aware, however, of websites and institutions offering free credit reports by signing up for Dzcredit protection These services cost money and are not required in order to retrieve a free credit report. Some services, such as the FICO score, are only available through purchase, however.